Colombia’s government has its best chance yet of ending almost half a century of civil war as negotiators sit down today in Oslo with a rebel group whose ranks have been thinned by a decade of military defeats.
Alfonso Cano, leader of Colombia’s biggest rebel group, narrowly missed being caught or killed during a military attack on his jungle camp, leaving the area just 12 hours earlier, President Juan Manuel Santos said.
Ecopetrol SA, Colombia’s largest oil company, expects to meet production targets this year as the government tightens security after an increase in guerrilla sabotage, Chief Executive Officer Javier Gutierrez said.
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos urged the nation’s biggest guerrilla group to keep a pledge to stop kidnapping after rebels yesterday released military and police prisoners held for more than a decade.
Colombia’s largest rebel group has promised to stop kidnappings for ransom and will release the remaining four hostages it holds in captivity following the death of its leader Alfonso Cano in November.
Colombia’s largest rebel group will release six hostages, some of whom who have been held in captivity for more than a decade, as a humanitarian gesture following the death of its leader Alfonso Cano in November.
Colombian forces killed Mono Jojoy , a “symbol of terror” who served as second-in-command of the country’s biggest rebel group, in an attack that may change the direction of the nation’s armed conflict, analysts say.